Brooks Beast 12 Review
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Shoe Type: Motion Control Plus
Retail Price: $140.00
Can you really call a 14-ounce running shoe “light?” Well, heavier runners with flat feet are finding plenty to like about the men-only Brooks Beast 12, not the least of which is how light it feels.
That’s a testament to exceptional design, because a high-end motion-control-plus running shoe such as this one needs a lot of girth to adequately prevent overpronation. The Brooks Beast 12 offers this protection in spades, but in a shell that’s easy for the foot to carry around.
Actually, it even LOOKS less bulky than the previous Beast model. It’s partly because of a nifty aesthetical change: The Beast 12 has a more starkly colored two-toned midsole, so the bottom potion of the shoe appears to be much slimmer. Even if it’s not, sometimes perception matters quite a bit.
More to love
Other excellent features of the Brooks Beast 12 include the DNA midsole, ample flex grooves and a segmented crash pad. DNA runs the full length of the shoe and offers a highly customized ride, as the material becomes softer or firmer depending on the runner’s unique traits.
Brooks put these tiny but effective flex grooves up and down the outside of this shoe. It’s a good way to improve a big shoe’s flexibility without hijacking the entire sole.
As many runners have come to expect from Brooks, the Beast 12 also has a rockin’ crash pad that keeps the foot as stable as all get out.
Be careful with the size
If you’re going to invest $140 in the Brooks Beast 12, be aware that many runners report this shoe is narrower in the forefoot and smaller in the toe box than previous installments in the Beast series. Even the height of the toe box has been questioned.
If you order the Beast 12, keep these sizing factors in mind and expect a pillar of comfort and pronation control for the heavier male runner.